Characteristics of WW1
Thursday April 24th 2014, 4:04 am
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War World 1, started in 1914 and ended in 1918. It killed many lives as well as injured and wounded many lives too. With as many lives that were lost, it could wipe out almost the entire St. Joe. In one day, there could have been anywhere from 40k to 60k killed. St. Joseph only has about 76k people. During War World 1, life as a soldier was very hazardous

Soldiers getting ready for battle (WW1)

and inviting. You sometimes made friends, but really it was all about surviving. Lets talk about some positive and negative characteristics of WW1.

First, some positive things about being in WW1 is, you got to come home to see your family and friends. Just from background knowledge, depending on your position in the war, you got to go home for at least 1-2 weeks or even a couple of months to see your friends and family, then you would have to go back to war, until the next go around. It also made the economy increase because new and improved weapons were being bought, so the companies made more money, which became known as mass production. According to the video ‘Combat In Color‘, “…large machinery was used such as cannons, tommy guns, and chemical warfare including flame throwers and gases…” (youtube video). Depending on which side of the nation you were on, there would be alliances between you and another country. According to the passage, ‘Christmas, 1914‘, “…they (british and german) met and shook hands…” “We had a decent Christmas dinner. Each man had a tin of Maconochie’s

A tin of Maconochie’s

and a decent portion of plum pudding….” (pg. 55-56). This shows that even though they were two different countries, who were going to fight at one time or another, still trusted each other to let them go inside each others “homes”.

Finally, the negative things about being in WW1 was, getting injured, wounded, or possibly death from hazardous technology. According to the video ‘Realities of the War’, “Each soldier could get lice or rat poisoning from tromping around in the muddy waters, while crossing the battlefields….people were also killed by chemical warfare which included gases that killed you from the inside out”. During the war, if the soldiers could do it without getting killed, they would help out their friends, to try to save their lives, before worrying about their own. According to the novel ‘All Quiet on the Western Front by: Eric Maria Remarque‘, “….a coffin has just hit the fourth man in our hole on his outstretched arm….. Kat and I (paul) proceed to pull off the coffin lid which is loose and use it as a splint as well as bandages for the boys’ arm…” (pg. 32). This shows partnership, to where if in trouble someone will always be there to help you get through it. When fighting in WW1, everybody wanted to be remembered, but when it came to the end, no one seemed to remember or care. There was people who had become friends in the war, sometimes they died together,

Man from WW1 deteriorating from chemical gases

usually they didn’t. According to the song ‘1916 by: Motorhead‘, “I heard my friend cry and he sank to his knees, coughing blood as he screamed for his mother and i fell by his side and that’s how we died…..I called for my mother, but she never came….” (lines 20-24, 29 & 30). This shows the people who fought in the war, took pride for their country, which shows nationalism. “That a year in the line is a long enough life for a soldier…” (1916, line 7 & 8). This line in the song means there was a lot of deaths, some of which including 9-10 million died in battle, and over 20 million injured/wounded.

As you can see WW1 was extremely gruesome and hazardous. When the war started in 1914, most of the soldiers, were automatically put into the war. Some of them volunteered, but most of the didn’t have the choice to, they were just put there. One by one, the soldiers would fall, killing thousands a day, leaving thousands more injured/wounded. When the war finally ended in 1918 over 65 million had fought and only about 20 million had survived. Yes, there was some positives that came out of it, but there really wasn’t enough to change the fact, that our world is still like this today.


Industrialization Essay
Thursday March 06th 2014, 1:36 pm
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At the start of Industrialization people were forced into hardcore labor and working conditions as a young person. I believed the use of technologies weren’t worth the long run because, it caused health issues, social issues, and work issues.

During the industrialization age, some people may say having the use of technologies was a better thing to have because, it brought bigger and better technology.  Today, if you work in a factory you will get a bigger wage than the average people get.  According to ‘Triumph Foods, “factory works make $12.50 per/hour”

Money produced in Industrial Revolution

(  With having the better wages, more products that are being produced are more efficient and have better value. Factories are producing more and more technology, like the new LG G2 that just came out. According to, ‘’, “LG G2 has top-notch specs and has great battery usage” ( But in this factor, yes it produces more technology, but people have to stand on their feet for hours just to make this product produce well. They’re wrong because it caused these workers to have bad posture and make their bones become crippled. According to, ‘The Benefit of the Factory Legislation’, “….children at their tenderest years became very crippled, stunted, deformed, and useless” (Pg. 2).  This means their body at a young age that should have been agile and flexible wasn’t. Instead most kids at this young age had developed scoliosis.

Scoliosis was one of the causes involving the peoples’ health. This was a disorder in their spine due to not standing right or something they were born with. In this case it was from not sitting long periods of time


because they were on their feet all day. According to the passage, ‘The Physical Deterioration of the Textile Workers’, “..The spinal column bends beneath the weight of the head, bulges out laterally, or is dragged forward by the weight of the parts composing the chest…. resistance given by the thigh-bones…” (Para. 2).  Basically this means they had bad posture and there was nothing they could do to cure it. “…The whole time the people would be erect on their feet…” (Benefit).  Another health that was held during this time was sanitation. Sanitation was involved with the machines not being well-cleaned daily. People who touched the machines w/out rubber gloves or some kind of hand cover-up got sick or was diagnosed with a disease. Due to the sickness/disease, the people had very little to eat. During their work shifts the people would not have long breaks to eat, it would only be like 20 min. or so. According to the passage, ‘The Life of the Industrial Worker in Nineteenth-Century England’, “Liz Bentley, had not much to eat and the little I had I could not eat it, my appetite was so poor, and being so covered with dust; I could not take it home, so whatever I didn’t eat the over looker took it, and gave it to the pigs” (pg. 2). Some of the upper class men within the factory could care less if somebody missed a meal or not. According to the article, ‘Industrial Revolution Towns’, “None of the homes were built with a toilet, bathroom, or running water. You could either wash up in a local pump or most of them didn’t wash at all because it was simply easier…” ( This also tells you their hygiene was also not very well taken care of.  In modern day, it would be like going camping for two weeks and when you went to the bathroom, you would go into an outhouse and not wash up afterwards. Or the only water that was available to you was the water from the river or a watering hole that you eventually pump to get water from.

Young children started working in mills or factories when they were just old enough to walk. The factory owners didn’t care how bad the kids were getting tortured, he/she just wanted them to work, so his/her business could grow and become more productive. The children would have long hours and little pay. They would also be by machines that could potentially harm them in a severe way, because the machines don’t go off automatically, they will keep running and running. The would usually work from dawn to dusk and in between there have a little time

Kids working to earn money

for a snack and lunch or dinner. According to the article, ‘Child Labor, “Children worked to support their families, but had to forgo education. They not only worked on their family farm, but also had the opportunity to work on someone else’s farm” (, Para. 1-2).  With this occurring, there was some issues that concerned others so the people (adults and other factory workers), turned to the gov’t for some help. The people wanted to pass a law, saying children under the age of 18 shouldn’t be allowed to work in the factory with all of the big equipment. For the children’s own safety, the gov’t passed an age limit law. According to the passage, ‘An Act to Regulate the Labor of Children and Young Persons in the Mills and Factories of the United Kingdom’, “….no person under eighteen years of age shall be allowed to work in the night…between the hours of half-past eight in the evening an half-past five in the morning…and not allowed to use any machines such as cotton gin, silk mill, steam engine or any other water power source, etc.” and “no person under the age of eighteen shall be employed in any mill or factory, until that person comes to age….” (Para. 1-8). With this law still occurring today, many children are coming to the realization of how you should act around machinery and how you have to take responsibility.  Sometimes jobs in the real world are hard and some of your managers may be harsh, but that’s life.  So you have to learn to deal with your surroundings and get through each and everyday.

Families, who worked within the factories on a daily basis, had no life basically. No time for family, education, and there were tons of distractions. Children and even some adults would work all day and all night so when they got home they were sent straight to bed. Sometimes they didn’t have the option to eat dinner, they were just sent.  Since it was hard to handle both work and school at the same time, England started making new ways children could do both at the same time. According to the article, Education England, “Children and adults started attending Sunday schools to learn about God and to read the bible, but didn’t write or learn about arithmetic” “Schools of industry taught over thirty girls to do the basic subjects, plus learn how to knit, sew, and do housework” “A monitorial school came next teaching kids about the industrialization process” (  This helped the kids to go use their knowledge in the real world, so they could make a living. Whatever they learned in Monitorial School, they took that information to the fields. There they helped farmers plant their crops

kids at monitorial school learning about the industrialization process

using the four-field crop rotation and the seed drill. According to the passage, ‘The Agriculture Revolution’, “The seed drill was a mechanical device used to distribute seeds efficiently across a plot of land. The four-field crop rotation was a three-year crop rotation with a different crop in each of the three fields with one slot having a fallow. Each year they would rotate, until each piece of land had a fallow” (pg. 1-2). This knowledge plus more knowledge helped them to also create vaccination to prevent illnesses and diseases. Back then there was very many distractions because the kids and other employees would stand in front of a machine all day. The only distraction there could possibly be was if there was kids around the neighborhood playing or if somebody important (like the boss) was coming. All of these reasons extend into the modern day world as well. In modern day time, we have a billion distractions everyday. Just to name a few are cellphones, computers, TVs., etc. All of them grab our attention to do something else besides what we are supposed to do. Unless you go from school, to work, to home, or work all day and all night, to home then you have plenty of social time with people around you. Younger kids to teen adult, even adults are still going to school to get their degrees in some career path they chose as a young student.

During the Industrial Revolution, torturing kids, killing the way they look towards people, and getting them sick didn’t matter to a factory owner. All he/she cared about was producing money and making products. I believe at the use of technologies weren’t worth it in the long run because, it caused health issues, work issues, and social issues. We have all this stuff because some man in the past decided we needed machinery to make all of our goods and clothes. Those men started with the little materials found in the outside world today and kept growing from their. Throughout this story it explains how hardcore work really was or how harsh the living conditions were. It also talks about things to look out for , like us Americans created a law preventing children not to work with machinery until they’re a certain age. Thanks to all of the men who put their hard work into building and making these machines happen, we wouldn’t have all this different technology. We would be living off of old natural things, getting our water from a river, and getting our food from the forest.

Personal Enlightenment !!
Thursday December 12th 2013, 4:24 pm
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As I stepped onto the basketball court, I had great confidence in myself. I could smell the fear from the other team and their faces looked so nervous. I was trying to focus on how I could bring leadership and sportsmanship into my team, for this was an important game of the season. The other team was being all cocky, but I wasn’t going to let them get into my head.

Once the game had started, people were cheering and yelling, saying “get the ball”, “rebound”, “defense”, etc. The cheerleaders were dancing on the sidelines, shaking their little booties. Some of my teammates were losing confidence and throwing dumb passes. I was getting frustrated because I knew, I was open for shots and nobody was passing the ball. The coach called for a timeout. She said, “move around, move the ball around, look down below to see if the girls are open, come on step up your game.” A couple more baskets were shot before halftime. At halftime the crowd scattered and went to intermission. As my team was going to the locker room, I could smell popcorn popping with its buttery flavor and hot dogs roasting. The boys’ basketball team was required to show up, so we saw some of them as well.

Someone making a lay-up

Second half started and my team was running down the court trying to get the ball from the other team. Out of nowhere the ball goes flying in the air and then you see me jump in the air, land on my feet, and go for a lay up. After that we were on fire. Sweat was dripping from everyone’s face as we were running up and down the court. The game had come to an end and we had finally beaten them. My team had gained so much confidence in ourselves and was ready for our future ahead of us.

As we had come to realize Savannah was a good team, but hard to beat. Most days were long and hard working. A lot of running took place during this time. The other days were fairly easy, drills, and scrimmaging or learning new concepts. The season still progressed with some games we won others we lost. With every game we lost we focused on specific moves just a little more than others. If we had won a game, we still trained harder than the time before.

What I got out of playing basketball for so many years was sportsmanship and leadership. Sportsmanship will help me in the future because if I ever try to play another sport or activity, I will need to teach people how to play the game within the set of rules. If one of my teammates doesn’t understand, I will try to help make them understand a little bit better. I’ve learned about leadership because in the future, I can lead people who are in need of help or sacrifices.

This experience is an example of enlightenment. The definition for enlightenment means to come to the realization of something. You can come to the realization in a person or something that has happened in your lifetime. In the video, ‘Allegory of the Cave’, a mans becomes enlightened by coming to the outside world. Before coming to the outside world he had knowledge of just cave walls and shadows. As he used his knowledge he became more enlightened. Someone who has been enlightened has knowledge. Their knowledge goes beyond thinking just about themselves and what’s around them. It brings people to know the meaning of life.

In William Golding’s novel, ‘Lord of the Flies’, Ralph becomes enlightened by realizing to be more than a hunter, than what Jack thinks he is. He needs to get more meat for his tribe and be ready to attack when alerted. Jack called Ralph a coward then told him he wasn’t even like a hunter. “He’s not a hunter. He’d never have got us meat. He isn’t a perfect and we don’t know anything about him. He just gives us orders and expects people to obey for nothing” (pg. 95). Ralph then takes charge by saying, “all this talk. All this talk”. Then says, “who called for this meeting, who took charge when you weren’t around, etc.”. Ralph also finds

Book ‘Lord of the Flies’

enlightenment when Jack uses his bravery. “Roger and Ralph moved on, this time leaving Jack in the rear, for all his brave words” (pg. 92). Ralph realized that Jack was brave enough to go out on his own to hunt and live. This brings Ralph and Jack closer together for each other and the fact, they are on the same island and will be there for a while.

Philosophers such as Hobbes brought the realization of people by showing how people were naturally bad and need authority to protect from each other. He stated, “It is not wisdom but Authority that makes a law”. He believed in making laws so people could be protected in the near future and can live with a common power. His beliefs progressed on with Baron de Montesquieu, John Milton, and Voltaire. Montesquieu brought the 3 branches of gov’t, which continues on from laws. During the 18th century, people became dispersed among officials to avoid corruption so there could be liberty.

People’s Rights

“Again, there is no liberty, if the power of judging be not separated from the legislative and executive powers”. This means the gov’t would come together to make the laws then enforce them so they could be passed and people could follow them. Milton and Voltaire were enlightened by Montesquieu as well. Both realized the freedom of speech, press, and religion. Voltaire stated, “I do not agree with what you say, but I’ll defend to the death your right to say it”. Milton stated, “Give me the liberty to know, to utter, and to argue freely according to conscience, above all liberties. A good book is the precious lifeblood of a master spirit”. They both stated this, because they wanted the people to have the right to speak and believe what they wanted to. Have the right to speak out if needed.

Having both kinds of enlightenment matter because having knowledge for yourself and about the past is always good for future. You need to know about your past for the generalness of life. People are always running into past inventors or people that changed the way we live today and talking about it. Everyday people will use the term enlightenment in some kind of way. People realize new beginnings in their life and come to realization when something big happens in their life. Relating back to my story, when I wrote about a basketball game. My team and I realized that Savannah was a good team but we had beaten them with sportsmanship and staying focused during the game. See having enlightenment in yourself or something else can bring many good things or bad things.

Global Interdependence
Sunday November 10th 2013, 11:22 pm
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Global Interdependence is where people rely on other countries for goods/products. When talking about global interdependence you have to be able to tell the difference between the old world and the new world. The new world didn’t really have anything, and the old world had all the goods/products, that the new world needed, to be able to live. “Globalization wasn’t global until

Christopher Columbus

Christopher Columbus found the new world” (Webquest, pg. 2). I believe that globalization has a positive impact on our world today. Trading and exchanging goods from across the Atlantic Ocean brought instant wealth, drugs, and better resources.

On the other side of this argument, people may start talking about poverty and how the taxes are being raised. They would say it’s not a good thing towards globalization because, it would raise the political requirements. According to the article, ‘Globalization to the Rescue by: Robert J. Samuelson‘, “There have been big job losses and unemployment came from busted dotcoms and telecoms” (Para. 4.).  Then they would go into talking about the social impact, because it brings drug use, crime, and the education is in a critical condition. The social level could be very low, in some countries because so many people do terrible things, so they wouldn’t have the respect to import new goods/resources into their country, because someone might try to steal them. In other countries, there have been a lot of job losses, so poverty has increased in the economic view of it. They would be wrong because poverty is helping us gain goods/products and different opportunities. To socialize across the world you would need to be connected to the rest of the world.

In turn, the political view would be the Europeans colonies were all a monarchy and ruled by a king. For instant take England as an example. According to the reading, ‘The 13 English Colonies’, “England was a self-government and they appointed royal governors to oversee colonial affairs and had Parliament pass laws to regulate colonial trade” (pg. 395). Which shows, that each colony within the English colony had their own representatives accompanied by propertied men. With the political levels rising, more jobs were created and the exporting of goods increased.  England also brought us instant wealth because the colony was producing tobacco, corn and rice. “Other countries boosted production and jobs by exporting to us” (Globalization to the Rescue,pg. 1, Para. 7). Which shows, the Columbian Exchange and the Triangular Trade brought more goods across the Atlantic Ocean to help support the 13 colonies, so they could produce more and send it around the world.

This lead to the social impact, because the Triangular Trade was across 3 different regions. Slavery was a big part of the trade because slaves were exported from Africa to the West Indies. According to the article, ‘A Day On a Slaver by: Frederick M. Binder and David M. Reimers’, “slaves had a rough time on the ship, and were fed only 2 meals a day. Their second meal was usually a

Triangular Trade

repetition of the first. When they went to bed, they would have to lay “spoon fashion” style because there wasn’t enough room otherwise” (pg. 52). Which shows, that slaves who made it off the ship into the new world, would have made great jobs for the incoming world and the other slaves would have died on the ship. This also shows slaves were very greedy as well. According to the article, ‘Broken Spears’, “They searched everywhere and coveted everything; they were slaves to their own greed” (Para. 17). Companies using global interdependence came in handy because now we can count on other countries for resources, that we aren’t able to provide. According to the article, ‘It’s a Flat World, After All by: Thomas L. Freidman’, “globalization will be driven more by individuals but also by being much more diverse” (Para. 5).  This means that people from all over different nations, will have a bigger variety on how to put things.

In return, us Americans got more resources, animals, products, and goods by increasing our economic levels. The U.S. has made great deals on importing and exporting goods. “The trade deficit has been the largest contributor to growth across the nations and that makes the U.S. exports cheaper” (Globalization to the Rescue, Para. 6). “The BRIC countries (Brazil, Russia, India, and China) now contribute more to the global economic growth” (Globalization Rescue,


Para. 7). This shows that all countries can be reliable, no matter what their circumstances are. In this article, Robert J. Samuelson states, “the world is helping our U.S. economy” (Para. 8). Which shows that exporting goods across the Atlantic Ocean, doesn’t cost that much to ship the goods/products onto cargos and into the certain countries.

Global Interdependence is important because we can see how our world reacts today, then what it used to a long time ago. Before ever realizing there was a new world, the old world had to act upon itself and sell goods and resources across its own nation for money. This would explain how the Columbian Exchange worked. Knowing the “new world” exists, we can now rely on other countries for goods and resources.

Positive Things Come From Negative Things!
Friday September 27th 2013, 3:17 pm
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About 6 years ago, I was given two new baby puppies. We had to drive to Savannah to pick them up, because my grandpa’s friend had them. They were born on Oct. 13 of 2007.  One was a boy, white with brown spots, and the other a girl, brown with white feet. They were both a boxer mix. The people we had gotten them from didn’t know, what kind of dog the daddy was, but the mom was a boxer. Sydney and I got to pick out the kind we wanted because the mom had given birth to ten puppies. Sydney actually didn’t get a say in picking, my grandpa actually picked the white one and I picked the brown one. When we got home, my mom and my grandma were ecstatic. They were so speechless, they were laughing with each other. It was then time to think of names. My mom and my grandma thought of the old singer’s, Bogie and Bacall. So that’s what we decided to name them.

In the meantime, everything was going great until May approached. Bogie and Bacall, was only 5 months old. One day, we were not watching them carefully and Bogie, started to go across the street, and a truck came by really fast and hit him. The guy, who hit him, came rushing up to our house and asked, “is your dog white with brown spots?” My grandpa was out there at the time so he was talking to the guy. My grandpa responded, “yea, why?” The guy said, “well I didn’t see him crossing the road, and I hit him.” My grandpa got in his truck, and went down to the end of the driveway, and put Bogie on the back of his tailgate. By the time he got back to the house, his hand’s were covered in blood. Once, I saw Bogie my heart sank. Bogie was losing so much blood it was unreal. Meanwhile, my grandma and my mom were inside the house. My grandma was actually sleeping. I rushed inside and told my mom, she then ran into the bedroom and woke my grandma up. We all rushed outside, and my grandma instantly started crying. My mom on the other hand, was shocked, and then started crying. My mom said, “can we rush him to the vet, to try to save him?” My grandpa said, “I think it’s to late, I think he’s going to die anyway.” Before you know it, he had taken his last breath and closed his little eyes. Then he was gone forever. My grandpa took him down to the tree line on the front end of our property, and dug a big hole. That day, we buried him in the ground and never saw him again. At the time, I think Bacall knew that she had lost her brother, because she was feeling down for days, just like the rest of us. I would lie in my bed at night and cry myself to sleep, just thinking about him, or pray to GOD, that he would be okay up there in heaven. I would also have dreams about him, which was kind of weird.  This was a big adversity for me because; I had just lost someone important from my family. A personal example, I can get from this is, I still have his sister Bacall, who is a healthy and happy dog. Some knowledge, I can get from this is to just move on from your past, but always remember the loved ones, who have gone.

On the other hand, I do believe positive things come from negative things. I believe adversity gives us knowledge. The Black Death was a fatal epidemic disease. People got really sick and died quickly. During that time, 6000 people died. People who got sick, would get burn blisters, the size of a hazel nut, and then grew to the size of a goose egg. They would have a really high fever, and would be so weak they would have to stay in bed and couldn’t stand up. According to document one, “The pestilence raged from Oct. 1347 to Apr. 1348” (Para.1). The illness only lasted three days. There were ashes everywhere and people fell

The result of The Black Death

quickly. The whole country, was covered in fires, and smoke. The good things that came from The Black Death are medicine. Back then medicine, was not known of yet, so nobody could be cured. Now we have doctor’s, who go to school studying for the different types of antibiotic’s that are good for different kinds of disease’s. The ideas of feudalism fell quickly after the nobles’ lost their power and the peasants’ gained power.

As a result, the Crusades came next. The Crusades, was a series of wars between the Muslims and the Christians. The Muslims first took the holy land, and then the Christian Pope called for a crusade so the Christians could get the holy land back. There were 8 wars of the Crusades. The Muslims pretty much won the crusades. Some of the good things that came from the Crusades are knowledge. According to, Effects of the Crusades on the Catholic Church, “The Catholic Church gained power and had access to armies’ and good resources” (Para.1). There was also trade involved. They would go get natural resources, then trade it for money to buy new and improved things. Now, they could get army equipment and have army men to fight other countries and possibly win.

Since, King John was a terrible king, he terrorized our country and was horrible to the people. According to the article, Bad King John, “King John had a brother, Richard, who had been held prisoner because he was tired of fighting and wanted to return home. But according to King John, he told the people that Richard was dead, and declared himself king. Richard never wanted to be a king; he would have rather been a soldier, so left for 5 years. He got struck in the shoulder with an arrow and died quickly after” (Bad King John, by Stephen Feinstein, pg. 106). King John wanted to be the king so bad, that he lied about his brother and risked everybody around him. According to the article, Bad King John, “King John, raised taxes on everybody, demanded the people for part of their harvest, wanted all of their gold and jewels, and took their land. He also arrested and tortured people if they didn’t obey him. King John even managed to offend the church” ( pg. 108). King John wanted

The Magna Carta

to make all of his people penniless. People around the neighborhood had to provide bed and food for the knights of King John. “He refused to change his rights, he became ill, and was bad till the very end” (pg. 109-111). Something good that came out of King John was the Bill of Rights. The Bill of Rights, gives a more organized freedom standard of the rights we have as an individual. We also have the Magna

Carta. The jury gets to decide the punishment. We get knowledge out of King John, because all he wanted to do was take people’s rights and everything they had in their possession. Nobody had freedom; they had to do what they were told to do, unless they would’ve gotten killed. The government decides what happens and so does the president.

In a similar manner, this can relate to 9/11. According to the movie, 102 minutes that Changed America, “On the morning of September 11, 2001, a plane filled with terrorists, crashed into the first WTC at 8:48. People were moving on with their daily lives, going to work, and minding their own business. The second plane crashed at

Attack of September 11, 2001

9:02 am. The entire city was full of dubry and there was smoke everywhere” (102 minutes that Changed America). You could see on the people’s faces, they were scared, shocked, and amazed at how this could have happened and why it did. During this terrible event, 2, 886 lives were lost and half a million people worked in or near the WTC. Some good things, we got out of this was, stronger security systems, it brought families closer together, and we’re more aware of terrorism now.

Therefore, in my life, I have learned to move past things, and go on with my daily life. You now have to be aware of your surroundings and what goes on, so you can be alert if something does happen. But the years have passed now, and I still believe that adversity gives us knowledge. So whether each of us face a time in our lives where a loved one has died, or in my case, my pet died, it still goes to show you just have to believe in your self to do the right thing. Yes, I did loose my dog at a young age, but I still have his sister with me, and he will always be remembered.

The Butterfly Effect-Ancient Civilizations
Tuesday September 17th 2013, 3:41 pm
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What fluttered its wings in the ancient past and created waves that affected change in our world today?


Butterfly Effect

Greece and Roman fluttered their wings, to today’s life. The points being compared are government, literature, and my choice of Architecture and Engineering. The reason for this comparison is to compare the Greco-Roman culture to today’s living.

In the Greco-Roman culture, they had a law of justice. “Their law of justice consisted of signing contracts for agreements or against the opposite views” (1.6 drawing). During that time, they had laws but not like our laws today. They would come together to sign the constitution, which told you the rights you had as a person. Now our laws consist of signing laws and passing them to the courthouse, so we can make our country a bigger and better place to live. “Without the invention of laws, the people in our world would be dying at a young age, because of drunkenness and drugs” (1.6 drawing). The Roman’s government was a democracy. According to the video, The Democratic Nation, “the Roman’s overthrew the king, and vowed to never again live under a king” (Rome-A Democratic Nation). This meant the Roman’s didn’t want to be told what to do, they wanted to have their own rights as individuals. “The Roman Republic consisted of consuls or chiefs magistrates. The established one-man rule under the empire” (Roman Republic, back page). This means, the Roman’s no longer had one person telling them what to do, they would figure it out amongst themselves. This is why; the U.S government is a democracy. As the U.S grew, it became easier to have 1 ruler. So now, we have 1 ruler, that doesn’t exactly tell us what to do, but tries to keep our country safe from harmful things. Greece and Roman also had 3 branches of government. According to the article, “they had the Monarchial, Aristocratic, and the Democratic. The Monarchial was the same as our Executive. Their Monarchial had 2 consuls that would debate until they got an answer. The Roman’s, Aristocratic was the same as our Legislative branch of government. This is where the laws were sent to the Senate, but the Senate could not pass the laws, they had to make a decision. The Democratic, which is the same as our Supreme Court, could pass the law with the president’s approval. It could take months, years, or days for the law to pass” (Ancient Rome Republic).


The US branches of Government and how they relate to Greece and Rome


The Greco-Roman Culture used to use Roman Numerals as numbers. “It was used as their number system” (1.5 drawing). Roman Numerals told what time it was and how to read numbers. If you don’t know what a Roman numeral is, this would be number 5, VI. They used a calendar to keep track of important dates and events. Roman’s also learned how to read and write poetry. In Homer’s epic poem, The Odyssey, “remember that Odysseus has not seen his son for 20 years. Telemachus has been away from Ithaca for a year” (Odysseus, Homer, 690). “To speak, Greece and Roman’s would learn the language, Latin. They would use Latin for everything, like for popular saying would be said in Latin. When they wrote, Latin letters


Latin Language the Roman’s used to learn to speak

would be written in capitols” (notebook). Today, Greece and Roman’s literature still influences us today. If, Greece and Roman’s didn’t teach us Latin or any other language, then we wouldn’t be able to learn about other languages. Just like in Greece and Roman time, we also used the handy dandy thing called a calendar. “If there wasn’t an invention for numbers, then our lives would be much more difficult” (1.5 drawing). According to the short story, The Sound of Thunder, “A week, a day, a month, a year, a decade! A.D.2055.2019.1999.1957” (A Sound Of Thunder, pg. 2). We count our numbers, like 1, 2, 3 and so on, we don’t really use the roman numeral system any more. Just like Roman’s, we do know how to read and write, just in a different way. In modern days, we read books, magazines, the newspaper, and the Internet. Roman’s would learn to read and write by writing on walls and making skid marks in the walls to give importance on life.

Back then Architecture and Engineering was similar to today. In Greece and Rome, they had a sewer system. The Roman’s watched each other while they were going to the restroom. “Depending on what they distributed out in the potty, it would go into the sewer system and produce freshwater into the city and carry out the waste” (1.4 drawing). In modern day, we still use the sewer system, but our bathrooms, now consist of toilets, sinks, bathtubs, etc. When you go to use a public restroom, you have your own private space, everybody is not looking in at your business.  According to the article, “the Roman’s used the arch, the vault, and the dome to build huge structures” (1.4 Roman Arch, pg. 12). This means the Roman’s would add arches, vaults, or add the dome for more visual appearances and more memorable value. The Roman’s had built the Colosseum, to watch fights and contests, and such things like that. In modern day time, its called a stadium. There we watch football, soccer, and any kind of sporting event. According to the article, “the tunnels made it easier for spectators to reach their seats” (1.4 pg. 12). Roads were a big part in Ancient Rome. “It allowed them to navigate around their empire much easier” (1.4 drawing). If we didn’t have the invention of roads, then it would be very difficult to get around town, or to work. Roman’s also invented the material called concrete. It was used for sustaining buildings together. It would help buildings hold its shape. “The

To show what Roman Aqueducts were

Roman’s also created a system of aqueducts, to bring water to its wealthiest citizens, and to their baths and fountains” (1.4, pg.12). Today, we still use the aqueduct system, to pump water into lakes or ponds, if they are down really low.

Well now you can see how the Greco-Roman Culture have impacted our lives today as a whole. Some of the similarities of government would have to be law of justice. We have both used it, and are still using it today, like they would have back then. The differences, would be one was a Democratic and the other was a Republic. In Literature, we both use numbers and use the calendar. The small change of difference would have to be the numbers, because the Roman’s used numerals and we use regular numbers. In Architecture and Engineering, roads are still a big impact on us, as like they were back then, the sewer system is still intact, to produce freshwater and get rid of the waste. Even in modern day, we still use the dome, vault, and the arch. Differences, our public restrooms are more private, so people don’t see you using the restroom. From here on out, our country will still look back on how the Greco-Roman culture existed back then. Any new inventions will be based off of our past. The importance of learning about the Greco-Roman Culture is to learn about our past and improve on new things for the times to come.

Today’s Government vs. Roman’s Government !
Tuesday September 10th 2013, 5:20 pm
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Today’s Government vs. Roman’s Government


Roman Republc

United States Republic

In our Executive System, we have a president that makes all the final decision on the laws. He leads our country, to become the strongest and the best it can be. The Roman System, on the other hand, has 2 consuls and other magistrates. The 2 consuls would direct the government and could issue edicts. Roman’s are needed for leadership in their country, because with out it, they would all die. And there wouldn’t be a Roman Republic. Just like a Roman Religion, the consuls acted as a chief priest.

The Legislative System is a congress that can take laws in but doesn’t get the final say.  In the Legislative branch, there is also the House of Representatives. The House of Representatives consist of  more than 435 people, and serve for a 2 year term. The Roman’s System, consists of a Senate. They would control the budget and could pass the laws, which is different from ours. In our government, the men at the top, the president would be the richest man. The Roman Government, not so much, in the senate, those men were the richest in Rome.  Our government, helps our soldiers by providing what they need and giving them money to improve on their weapons. In Rome, they could not control the army, and were needed the majority of the time as soldiers.

In our Judicial System the Supreme Court makes the final decisions before passing it onto the president. The can either make a law or break it. There are nine justices, in the Supreme Court. They can either all decide or battle it out making the decision. The Roman System, is a Democratic. The Romans assemble the tribes to the tribune. Just like us they can approve or reject laws. If our country wants to battle another country, then we will go to war. The Democratic, have to decide on whether to go to war or not. The Romans would magistrate would veto actions. Our Supreme Court has to work together to make this country come to peace, and so does the Romans, they have to act as a final court to pursue their laws. The Democratic System, could not suggest laws, that was the Senate job.

All in all our 2 governments are similar in a way.  But do have their differences, our American System, is based on the balance of powers and functions. The Roman System is based on their interests.

Changing Into A New Family !
Sunday September 08th 2013, 11:54 pm
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About 2 years ago, my mom, Natalie, found out that she would be having another baby. She was excited, but then was like “ok, this will be easy, just one baby”. Well when she went to the doctor, Dr. Drake, found 2 heartbeats. She was so shocked. Well this pregnancy did not go well for her. Every time she came home from the hospital she and my grandma would be in tears. At first, she was going to Heartland Hospital, then when we all found out the twins was diagnosed with a rare syndrome, she had to start reporting to St. Luke’s Hospital in Kansas City, MO.

Natalie (center), Sydney (top right), Me (top left), Iris (bottom left), and Lily (bottom right)

This was about 5-6 months along and the twins were diagnosed with TTT-S (Twin-Twin Transfusion Syndrome). This is where one baby is the donor and one baby is the recipient. The donor baby loses all of the nutrients and water, and the recipient baby gains all of that. This syndrome is very rare, and within our city only 1 in 76,000 get it. There are 5 stages, with 5 being the worst. My mom got to a stage 4. Iris was the donor and lost so much, the doctors kept telling my mom, that Iris may not make it out. But Lily was getting so big, the doctors was getting really scared. Dr. Drake kept telling my mom, that the pregnancy wasn’t going to over 37 wks. To improve, on this problem my had to drink protein drinks 3 times a day for the rest of the term, and eat fruits and veggies. When my mom was ready to go into labor, she went up here to Heartland.

My whole family was waiting to hear the results from the hospital, it was unreal. They first took, Iris out. She was weighing in at 5.4 lbs, and came out at 9:47. Lily came weighing in at 7.11 lbs, and came out at 9:48. Just as they were lifting lily out the clock turned. So if, the doctors were just a little faster, they would have been born in the same minute. Iris had to be transported immediately to the incubator because she was losing so much nutrients. They were born with a full head of black hair. When lily was born she was so big around her face area, that it was hard for her to breath. Her eyes were closed shut and couldn’t hardly open them. They finally got to the point where they could be with my mom, and lily was so heavy (in weight wise), you had to sit in a chair and prop your arm to hold her. On the other hand Iris, was so light. My mom tried to breast feed, but that didn’t work so we had to give regular bottles. My mom and my grandma stayed at the hospital for about a week, to make sure everything was working properly with her and the twins.

About 7 months later, lily and iris went for a check-up, and Dr. Kossee, said she had a heart murmur. That didn’t last but a month or so, and then it was gone. My change is that we now have 7 people living in my house instead of 5. Now we are a happy family.


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Friday September 06th 2013, 2:49 pm
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